Thanks. I just signed up for Umstead. It was such a close call - all the spots filled in like three minutes. Something like 1000 people competed for 250 spots online… What an exciting morning!http://www.umstead100.org/
I'm signed up for the fifty mile option.
The book is inspiring, certainly. So far I like the emphasis on that critical mass point where your reaction to a situation is either ordinary or extraordinary…and determines, I suppose, whether you are one or the other, or at least tending toward one or the other path. Which fits into what I've been thinking a lot about which is weirdness. Ways in which it is necessary to be weird in order to be good at what you love. I don't get a whole lot of help from the idea of beating other people… I just want to win over myself… but the idea that I might be WEIRD enough to persevere where others don't gives me a way to think about triumph that is personal without being vindictive.
And telling a story, particularly a story about one's own life, plays into that. It's important to connect the point of where you want to go with where you've been… memories are a hidden source of strength! Plus I dug that onigiri recipe.